Infant Program (6-18 months) "The Nest" (EL NIDO)
Peaceful, loving environment that develop basic trust in which caregivers respond appropriately to the infants communication of his/her needs. Constant observation followed by appropriate responses to assist in the development of his/her own emerging personality. The Infant is respected as a whole person and affected by the quality of holding, feeding, and quality of physical care. Assistance to individual learning which leads to independence when infants participate in their daily routine of care.
Toddler Program (18 months - 3 years) "The Child in Transition"
The toddler Program emphasizes providing ever expanding social, physical, and intellectual opportunities for the young and older toddler to challenge themselves. The classroom provides simple daily living exercises designed to meet their growing need for independence (i.e. "I'll do it myself!"). Potty training is begun when parents and staff agree that the child is ready. Constant observation followed by appropriate responses and additions to the environment to meet her/his ever expanding needs for self-development. As the individual toddler shows his/her need for more independent activities, they are introduced to more challenging exercises that support success in her/his endeavors. This process lays a foundation in all areas for future learning that builds confidence, problem solving skills, and social skills.
We speak/sing in both English and Spanish as this is a highly absorbent period for language! Baby sign-language is used simultaneously where it is appropriate. As the child grows in the environment they may be ready for more complex spoken language, laying the foundation for more conversational language in both English and Spanish between staff and each other.
Pre-Primary & Kindergarten - Half Day Program
The half day session are from 9:00am - 11:30am or 12:30pm - 3:00pm
The Montessori half day sessions provide the traditional Montessori curriculum in a well prepared, aesthetically pleasing environment. The environment invites the child to work alone or in a small groups allowing them to build concentration and social skills. Appropriate lessons will be given individually and in small groups in the areas of math and language, with an emphasis on the individual needs of each child. Core science and geography , social and cultural studies, art, music, Spanish, German, French, poetry and literature are an integrated part of the curriculum, exposing children to all subject matter. Time is allowed each day for circle activities, snack, grace and courtesy lessons, and outdoor play.
"The most important period of a life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to age six." M. Montessori
Latchkey may be added either before or after either of the above sessions. There is also an extended hour for lunch/recess from 11:30-12:30 for half day children.
Pre-Primary & Kindergarten - Full Day Program
The full day session is from 9:00am - 3:00pm.
The environment and curriculum of the Full Day program is much the same as the Half Day program in the morning, with a greater emphasis on more relaxing studies in the areas of science, geography, social and cultural studies in the afternoon. The Full Day allows the child the opportunity to explore these areas in detail, or time to complete the work they have started in the morning. This continual whole language approach gives the child a sense of continuity and integration of all subject matter.
Kindergarten has always been an integral part of the Montessori program. Younger children absorb knowledge best from other children. The older child benefits from learning and practicing leadership skills, gaining self-confidence and conversational skills.
"A child is master of what he has learned when he can teach it to another." M. Montessori
Time is allowed each day for lunch, recess, and a story or rest period if needed. Latchkey may be added before and/or after the Full Day Montessori session.
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